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Photograph, glass lantern slide
C. P. R. bridge, Reversing Falls, St. John, NB, about 1923
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1923, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
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"Saint John -- Reversing Falls: The Bay of Fundy is noted for its tremendous tides. Of these, the most marvellous is at the Reversing falls, at Saint John. The Saint John River, flowing into the Bay, has a drop of from 17 to 25 feet in a narrow gorge of great beauty; but when the tide rises, the water more than overcomes this difference of level. The salt water rises steadily and forces its way with great swiftness up the river bed; as it ebbs again, the half-fresh, half-salt water has to find its way out, and does so at a speed comparable to that of the Niagara Whirlpool. At half-tide vessels can pass safely through the falls."

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 1--The Maritime Provinces; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.

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